12th Annual Conference on Education: The Future is Now


November 12, 2019


8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The 12th Annual Vision Coalition and University of Delaware Conference

Join us at the 12th Annual Conference on Education: The Future is Now. Hear from a diverse group of national and local voices during an engaging and interactive day focusing on Delaware education and progress made towards achieving the recommendations in Student Success 2025.

This year’s conference will cost $25 to attend. Educators can receive scholarships and earn four ongoing professional development credit hours. For more information, contact Nancy Millard or Valerie Lane.

AGENDA (Subject to Change):

Time Program
8:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. Morning Plenary Session

  • Student Presentation
    Neha Das, Junior, Charter School of Wilmington
    Sana Nangia, Senior, Charter School of Wilmington
  • Conference Welcome
    Gary Henry, Dean, College of Education and Human Development
    *Liz Farley-Ripple, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy in the School of Education and an affiliate of the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware
  • Preview of Redding Consortium Breakout Session (See below for more information)
    Former Representative J.J. Johnson
    Senator S. Elizabeth Lockman
  • Remarks from the Vision Coalition of Delaware
    *Susan Bunting, Delaware Secretary of Education
    *Gary Stockbridge, Regional President, Delmarva and Atlantic City Electric
  • The Future is Now Video Presentation
    Chi Kim, Chief Executive Officer, PureEdge, Inc.
9:00 a.m. Keynote Panel Discussion: Demonstrating Skills for the Future

  • Moderator:
    *Dorrell Green, Superintendent, Red Clay Consolidated School District
  • Panelist:
    Jade Grieve, Senior Advisor, America Achieves
    Chauncy Lennon, Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work, Lumina Foundation
    Danielle Mezera, Chief Consultant, DCM Consulting
    Robert B. Schwartz, Harvard School of Education and Pathways to Prosperity
10:15 a.m. Networking Break with Student Pathways Experiences
10:30 a.m.

Breakout sessions (See below for more information)

11:50 a.m. Networking Reception

*Vision Coalition Leadership Team Member


Early Childhood Strategic Planning
This breakout session will leverage the work underway through the federal Preschool Development Grant. Led by the Early Childhood Council and the Office of Early Learning, you’ll have the opportunity to assist in assessing the needs of Delaware families with young children and early learning providers as well as provide input into the state’s five year strategy.

Competency-Based Learning
This breakout session will serve as a continuation of the plenary panel. You’ll have the opportunity to explore what’s next for education based mastery in Delaware schools and provide input on current plans underway.

Redding Consortium
This session will focus on Redding’s strategy for creating educational equity and what that means and looks like in Wilmington and northern New Castle County, Delaware. During this session, Lockman and Johnson will discuss Consortium mandates, deliverables and how they plan to drive change.

The State of the Career Pathways Movement
Delaware has been a national leader in the career pathways movement; its story is told in a new book from Harvard Education Press, Career Pathways in Action: Lessons from the Field. What’s been accomplished by this movement to date, and what are the big challenges facing Delaware and other states and regions as they try to redesign their education and workforce development systems to provide greater economic opportunity for the two thirds of young Americans who are unlikely to attain a four-year college degree.

Educator Well-being Workshop
The session will examine strategies teachers can use to address stress and self-care in the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to effectively manage the trauma of students and how that trauma, in turn, impacts various aspects of your life.

Principles and Practices of School Improvement
What evidence-based principles might guide school reform efforts? What evidence-based practices are showing promise? Dean Gary Henry will share principles that might guide school reform efforts while leaders of Delaware school districts showing the greatest growth in student achievement will share the practices guiding their reforms.


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In January 2019, Sana Nangia and Neha Das competed as partners in MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH a statewide competition that gives Delaware high school students, guided by Dr. King’s legacy, a voice. Their insightful and powerful poem, titled, “Humara Ek Sapana Hai, We Have A Dream” earned them the $1,000 second prize.

Both Sana and Neha currently attend the Charter School of Wilmington where Sana is a senior and Neha a junior.

At school, Sana is heavily involved in community work. Passionate about helping to better her community, last year Sana founded her school’s chapter of the United Way of Delaware. One of the biggest projects was a drive to collect feminine hygiene products for women shelters in Delaware.

Neha is captain of her Speech and Debate team as well as being the #1 Mock Trial attorney in the state. She is an aspiring lawyer and a passionate advocate for change in education in Delaware.

Both Sana and Neha are courageous and dedicated toward making the world a better place. They are grateful to the Vision Coalition of Delaware for the opportunity to share their views on education in Delaware and for their voices to be heard.

  • An excerpt from, “Humara Ek Sapana Hai, We Have A Dream” by Sana Nangia and Neha Das
    Sana: I remember in fourth grade, when Mrs. Townsend started reading a book about Martin Luther King
    Neha: I remember learning about the glorious dream he had. How could anyone disagree?
    Sana: He dreamt of a society where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. He preached an idea in 1963 that could save millions of brown women and men tons of money and tears spent on fairness treatments and delusional idols, today.
    Neha: But how do you make people, rooted in their beliefs, listen? How do you make a nation listen?
    Together: You step on a stage and voice your dream.


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Course Title: 12th Annual Vision Coalition & UD Conference
Course Number: 52557

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